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To Solar or Not to Solar?
According to Wikipedia, solar power is the conversion of sunlight into electricity, either directly using photovoltaics (PV), or indirectly using concentrated solar power (CSP). Concentrated solar power systems use lenses or mirrors and tracking systems to focus a large area of sunlight into a small beam. Photovoltaics convert light into electric current using the photovoltaic effect.
From small residential projects to huge utility installations (such as the largest concentrating solar power plant in the world, located in the Mojave Desert of California), solar energy is considered to be a viable world-wide solution for sustainable power sourcing. Some estimates predict that solar power will account for 27% of global electricity generation by 2050.
What does this trend mean for you as a facility manager, engineer, or building owner? What applications will meet your requirements for return on investment? What about using solar to power your parking lot lighting? Can you save money going solar?
Join your associates with the Facility Manager Association of New Mexico at 7 am on Wednesday, April 15th, 2015, for a working breakfast at the Garduno’s Uptown Restaurant as an expert from Positive Energy Solar explores the new frontier of solar power for commercial applications. As always, reservations are required but FIRST TIME FACILITY MANGERS are FREE. RSVP online at www.fmanm.com where you can pay by credit card. Cost is $30.00 for members and $35.00 for non-members.
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April Executive Director Column
Executive Director Column
This month you will receive a phone call or an email from a member of the Facility Manager Association of New Mexico’s “Golf Gang” asking you to pledge your support for our 5th Annual Scholarship Fundraising Golf Tournament, held again this year at the beautiful Isleta Eagle Championship Golf Course on Friday, July 24th, 2015, with an 9 am tee time.
Because we know times are still tough and everyone has only so much “fun money” to allocate, MARK JULY 24TH on your calendar today. Ask anyone who has attended this event: it is one of the most smoothly run, door prize-laden tournaments you will ever play in. Last year, 139 golfers were not wrong! We hope to meet or exceed that number this year. It is always the party of the summer for facility managers and their supporters.
Remember that this fund raiser is our primary means of funding for the scholarships which FMANM supports at the University of New Mexico and at the Central New Mexico Community College. CNM has been underscored in recent year because the tradesmen and women trained there are the very people who are the facility managers of the future, the technicians we need to hire right now, and in general, the people who will manage our infrastructure into the coming years.
With money tight, it is more important than EVER that these ambitious students, both young and old, receive the monetary help they need to finish their educations and enter our work force with the qualifications that we desperately need.
YOU can help. Please visit www.fmanm.com and register your intention to play a foursome, sponsor the event at the Gold, Silver, or Platinum level, purchase the Hole in One, buy a hole sponsorship, or just donate a nice door prize. Now is the time to help the people who help us!
ONLINE PAYMENT IS AVAILABLE! REGISTER TODAY.
Follow the prompts, pay with your credit card, and you’re DONE! Sure, you still have to network with the state’s preeminent facility managers and suppliers while you pick up your name tag, but the days of looking for the ATM or asking for an in-arears invoice are finally over! Special thanks to FMA board members Dave Jensen, Lori Gunnare, Kevin Givens, and webmaster Roy Evans for their work on this particular project.
Hole Sponsor Registration
Tournament sponsor Registration
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The Real Importance of Electrical Safety Programs
Riveted Facility Folks at March Meeting
Jeff Platter should know. He personally experienced an arc flash blast that would have killed him if not for the personal protective gear he was wearing. “It changed my life,” he said, and then impressed the gathering of facility managers, engineers, electricians, and services suppliers at the March meeting of the Facility Manager Association of New Mexico with his first- hand knowledge of the critical importance of electrical safety programs. His message was reinforced by Bob Dunnington with New Mexico OHSA who summarized the local effort to step up enforcement of these programs.
Over 2,000 people are admitted to hospitals and burn centers every year due to electrical arc flash burns. The temperature can reach 35,000 degrees Fahrenheit, and the pressure wave can exceed thousands of pounds per square foot. Projectiles can be expelled at 700 mph and vaporized copper expands at a ratio of 67,000:1. “Approximately 400 fatalities a year are attributed to these incidents,” Jeff said, “but I am here to make you aware of how you can deter this from happening in your facility.
Jeff emphasized that while the PPE he was wearing saved his life, it is only a part of the equation. “Electrical safety requires first energy control procedures, then requires qualified personnel following a written safety program. From here you must perform a hazard analysis including an arc flash study. Finally, you must train your electricians and provide them with the proper PPE for which ever situation they may find themselves.”
Also on hand was Robert Dunnington with NM OSHA (Robert.firstname.lastname@example.org) who was on hand to provide direct information on his agency’s movement towards ramping up their involvement with compliance for this important life/safety mandate. “I am here to help you in a consultative way, so no one at your facility is ever harmed by this,” he said.
Click on the links below for an in depth link to Jeff’s graphic presentation and his contact information.
Electrical Safety - pdf version
Electrical Safety - Power point version
CNM Scholarship Fund Endowed in February
The Facility Manager Association of New Mexico has the greater
goal of raising money to give to scholarship for tradesmen and
women who are entering the HVAC, electrical, building controls,
and plumbing trades. At the February meeting the FMA board--
from left, Carolee Griffin, Lori Gunnare, Mike Chavez, Mary Beth
Hames, and Jessica Leyva present CNM’S Samantha Starr with a
check for $4,500.00. To Samantha’s left are Kevin Givens, Tom
Plummer, Selby Lucero, and Dave Jensen, also FMA board
Money for this scholarship and another at UNM come from
proceeds from the annual golf tournament and the FMA trade
show which is held each fall.
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Attention Healthcare Facility Managers
Or Any FM who Needs Compliance Training:
Here is a Resource
The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) Hazardous Waste Bureau conducts hazardous waste inspections at hospitals, pharmacies, as well as other types of facilities. They offer their services to conduct free training concerning managing hazardous waste at hospitals and pharmacies. Having recently conducted inspections at several hospitals, they have found the majority of them to be out of compliance. Their aim to provide this training to large audiences spreads the information more quickly than individually inspecting each hospital/pharmacy.
But beyond healthcare, NMED believes they might be able to target some training for other diverse and various types of facilities. Compliance assistance is a key component in their program and keeping facilities in compliance makes the job a lot easier.
Need more information to start this discussion? Contact Janine Kraemer, CHMM, Hazardous Waste Supervisor for the New Mexico Environment Department, 2905 Rodeo Park Drive East, Building 1,Santa Fe NM 87505 office 505-476-4372, or email to email@example.com or connect with Facility Manager Association’s vice president, Tom Plummer with the Indian Health Services at firstname.lastname@example.org
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